|Country of origin||France|
|Region||Alps valley, Arly valley (Aravis Range)|
|Source of milk||Cows|
|Texture||Soft washed-rind, smear-ripened|
|Weight||450 g (avg)|
|Aging time||6–8 weeks|
|Certification||French AOC 1958|
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Reblochon was first produced in the Thônes and Arly valleys, in the Aravis massif. Thônes remains the centre of Reblochon production; the cheeses are still made in the local cooperatives. Until 1964 Reblochon was also produced in Italian areas of the Alps. Subsequently, the Italian cheese has been sold in declining quantities under such names as Rebruchon and Reblò alpino.
Reblochon derives from the word "reblocher" which when literally translated means "to pinch a cow's udder again". This refers to the practice of holding back some of the milk from the first milking. During the 14th century, the landowners would tax the mountain farmers according to the amount of milk their herds produced. The farmers would therefore not fully milk the cows until after the landowner had measured the yield. The milk that remains is much richer, and was traditionally used by the dairymaids to make their own cheese.
In the 16th century the cheese also became known as "fromage de dévotion" (devotional cheese) because it was offered to the Carthusian monks of the Thônes Valley by the farmers, in return for having their homesteads blessed.
Reblochon has not been available in the United States since 2004, as it is unpasteurised and has not been sufficiently aged to pass U.S. import laws concerning the pasteurization of soft and semi-soft cheese. Delice du Jura, a pasteurized soft ripened cheese, is being marketed as a close relative and a good substitute in the United States.
Reblochon is a soft washed-rind and smear-ripened cheese traditionally made from raw cow's milk. The cow breeds best for producing the milk needed for this cheese are the Abondance, Tarentaise and the Montbéliarde. This cheese measures 14 cm (5.5 in) across and 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) thick, has a soft centre with a washed rind and weighs an average of 450 grams (16 oz). As proof of its being well-aged in an airy cellar, the rind of this cheese is covered with a fine white mould. The optimal period to savour this cheese is between May and September after it has been aged six to eight weeks. It is also excellent from March to December.
Reblochon has a nutty taste that remains in the mouth after its soft and uniform centre has been enjoyed. It is an essential ingredient of tartiflette, a Savoyard gratin made from potatoes, bacon (lardons), and onions. In 2002, 17.4 million kilograms of Reblochon were produced.
- Fox, Patrick. Cheese: Chemistry, Physics and Microbiology. p. 200.
- Janet Fletcher (2005-05-04). "French cheeses fall victim to import rules". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-10-05.
[In] November , the FDA issued a revised statement on soft cheeses from France, enlarging the category to include semi-soft and soft-ripened cheeses. (…) the French government agreed that cheeses defined as soft – a Reblochon, for example, by the new U.S. interpretation – would be considered unsuitable for sale if aged more than 60 days.
- Aimee Blume. "Cheese of the Week: Delice du Jura". Evansville Courier & Press. Retrieved Mar 19, 2016.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Reblochon.|
- Reblochon AOC (in French)
- Official Reblochon website (in French)
- Prodottitipici.com Reblochon – Piemonte – Formaggi e Latte – Vaccini (in Italian)
- Quaderni della Regione Piemonte: Caratterizzazione della produzione tradizionale regionale dei prodotti lattiero-caseari: Toma del lait brusc, Murianengo, Formaggio crosta rossa, Cevrin di Coazze (Seconda Parte) (in Italian)